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Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial
Fact File
» Built - 1906- 1921
» Cost - Rs1,050,000,000
» Designed by - Sir William Emerson
» Maximum height - 84 feet / 26 meters (without statue)
» Maximum width - 228 feet / 69 meters
» Open - Daily except Monday
» Timing - 10.00 A.M. To 4.30 P.M.(March to October it close at 3.30 P.M.
» Best Season - October to March

The dramatic Victoria Memorial is situated at the southern end of Maidan(ground) near Jawaharlal Nehru Road, in Kolkata.

About Victoria Memorial
A splendid architectural structure in white marble, modelled on the Taj Mahal, was built in the early 20th Century in memory of Queen Victoria between 1906 and 1921 and was formally inaugurated by the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII of England. Set in beautiful garden grounds, the Victoria Memorial houses a large bronze statue of the Queen Empress Topped with a moving angel this memorial faces the Calcutta Maidan. The statues of Motherhood, Prudence, Learning, Art, Justice, Architecture and Charity are brought from Italy. The magical lighting effect in the evening and a fairy tale 'Fountain of Joy' facing the memorial building create an atmosphere of unforgettable charm. It also has a 5 meter tall bronze winged figure of Victory, weighing 3 tons.

It was designed by Sir William Emerson. It also act as a museum, where people could see before them pictures and statues of men who played a prominent part in the history of India. Presently it is the finest and most prominent building and art museum of Calcutta, India, under the Department of Culture, Govt. of India.

In the evening, the light and sound programs is a major attraction for the tourists. Every day, crowds of people visit the premises from early morning to sunset. Being one of the most popular tourist spot in the city, it is one of the few well-maintained heritage buildings that exist in the city today.

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